Edward Lee Tarter

September 26, 1955 ~ January 16, 2022 (age 66)


Edward Lee Tarter, 66, Denver, passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne. 

Born September 26, 1955, in Wabash County, Indiana, he was the son of Fred O. and Francis Jeanette “Pat” (Lehman) Tarter.  On November 4, 1988, in Gilead, Indiana, he was married to Kristi Denise Hammond.

He graduated from North Miami High School in 1974 before joining the United States Army.  He worked at several factories over the years including BKB Manufacturing in North Manchester, and he was a member of the Denver Baptist Church.    

Survivors include his wife, Kristi Tarter, Denver; daughter, Emily Rose Tarter, Denver; step-daughter, Elizabeth (Brad) Kabzinski, Illinois; two step-grandchildren, Kristin and Jonathon Kabzinski; four sisters, Sheila (Randy) Runkle, Macy; Cheryl Tarter, Rochester; Sandra (Tom) Smith, Elkhart; and Shelly Fry, Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Chris Tarter.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 2-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at the Denver Baptist Church, Denver, with Pastor Bryce Landon officiating a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.  Private burial will be in Gaerte Cemetery, rural Gilead.  

McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Indiana, has been entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at 

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February 5, 2022

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Denver Baptist Church (Denver)

Memorial Service
February 5, 2022

3:00 PM
Denver Baptist Church (Denver)

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